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A person in the service of another under any contract of hire, express or implied, oral or written, where the employer has the power or right to control and direct the employee in the material details of how the work is to be performed.

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Is the Wonderlic test cross validated by any other test or data? [closed]

In a quite famous lecture Jordan Peterson lists what IQ you need to work in certain professions, based on the Wonderlic test. Are there other sources to these claims than Wonderlic that gives similar ...
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As of February 2019, were US wages rising at the “fastest pace in decades”?

The President of the USA, Donald Trump, told during his "State of the Union address" speech on 5th February 2019, that [...] wages in America are rising at the fastest pace in decades Source: at ...
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Do Gunnar glasses (or similar) reduce eye strain more than changing the blue levels of a LCD screen? [closed]

An older question asks if Gunnar glasses actually work but I am interested in whether the same benefit can be obtained from reducing the blue light emitted by a LCD screen. Whilst some mobiles and ...
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Do (non-British) EU citizens make up 95% of the veterinary workforce in UK food production?

In a complex story about the potential gridlock of a no-deal Brexit, the following claim is made: [T]he UK could try to move past the immediate chaos of no-deal, pull itself together, and level-up ...
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Almost all the US jobs created between 2005-2015 “are temporary” (alt-work)

A piece of research from a pair of well-known economists, Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger as summarized in Quartz a couple of years ago: “We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was ...
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Were the vast majority of lost manufacturing jobs since 2000 lost due to automation?

There has been a lot of discussion here in the US about manufacturing and about bringing back jobs from overseas. While interviewing US presidential candidate Andrew Yang on the Waking Up podcast, ...
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Only half of students graduating with a STEM degree [in 2009] were able to find STEM jobs [then]

From a 2013 EPI report as highlighed in an article published in The American Prospect: As the EPI report lays bare, the common wisdom about our STEM problem is mistaken: We are not facing a ...
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The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is 56 (or so)

In a 2012 NYT piece we read that The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is now 56. “That’s average,” says Hal Sirkin, the lead author of the study. “That means there’s a lot ...
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Are roughly 90% of H-1B visa workers in the IT sector paid below-market rates?

In an article penned last year by (present and former) IEEE-USA presidents, we read that (my experpts and emphsis): In 2014 (the last year we have good data), Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro, and Tata ...
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Does Australia have one of the Highest levels of temporary employment in the OECD?

There is a post being shared around by Australian Unions that claims Australia has one highest level of temporary employment in the OECD. The image has a list of 15 countries where the OECD has ...
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Is job experience a poor predictor of job performance?

I was shocked by an implicit claim in an HBR article. The most shocking part to me there is that job experience came dead last among those predictors of job performance. Alas the graph is from a talk,...
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Are “Get Paid to Travel” ads part of a sex trafficking network?

Recently, on Facebook, the following images have been trending in my feed, people forwarding them on, claiming that most if not all of them are actually attempts to get women into sex trafficking (...
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Do mangakas have long work hours?

I've found several sources that explain that mangakas (manga artists) have to work insanely long hours to meet their deadlines. In this Quora answer, an assistant mangaka claims: We were well-paid,...
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Did a building supervisor in Spain get fined for not showing up to work for six years, unnoticed?

In this 2016 Huffington Post article, it says: For six years, a building supervisor in Spain quietly collected a $41,500 salary from his local government without showing up for work. And he ...
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Do single, childless women earn more than their male counterparts in urban USA?

The Daily Wire has a 2016 article that claims that women are not victims of pay discrimination. The general topic is covered by a relation question here: Are women underpaid relative to men? ...
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Are there 96 million workers in the US who want a job and can't get one?

On Wednesday 11 Jan 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump claimed in a press conference that: There will be a major border tax on these companies that are leaving and getting away with murder. And ...
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Are 550 people still losing their jobs at “Trump's” Carrier plant?

Donald Trump made saving the jobs at Carrier a big campaign rallying point. On December 06, 2016 New York Times reported from Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, that 550 ...
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Does the H-1B visa program cause a net decrease in the employment prospects of skilled U.S. job applicants in STEM fields?

It is widely claimed that the H-1B program "takes away jobs from Americans." For example, here's a message posted in the Academia chat room by SSimon not long ago: The way I understand it when H-1B'...
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Do veterans account for one in seven homeless US adults?

There seems to be a lot of attention towards unemployed/homeless military veterans in the USA. Are there any statistics or studies to show that this is some sort of pandemic, or at least unemployment/...
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Are Australian Teachers only paid for 25 hours/week?

This news article from news.com.au quotes Kathy Margolis : Despite all the time they put in, teachers are paid for just 25 hours a week, she added, as if they were part time. Is this true? Is it ...
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Do 80% of people “hate their job”?

I keep hearing the statistic "80% of people work at a job they dislike". Make Dogs Your Life3 80% of People Hate Their Job – Are You One of Them? Business Insider Most people -- 80% according ...
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Does the Salvation Army pay female pastors?

This tumblr post makes several claims about the Salvation Army: Reasons not to donate to Salvation Army this holiday season: They don’t pay their female pastors. (Their wages get added to ...
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Will there soon be more female doctors in Canada than male doctors in Canada?

Obviously no one can know the future with certainty. But several articles make statements regarding more women graduating with medical degrees than men and that in the near future more doctors will be ...
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Are male nurses salaries higher than female nurses salaries?

A recent article on USA Today claims that on male nurses make more than female nurses: even in an occupation that women overwhelmingly dominate, they [women] still earn less than men [...] ...
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Are Fairtrade farmers paid worse than other farmers in the same regions?

There have been a few articles recently on the (in)efficiency of fair trade organisation Fairtrade. Here is an example from the Guardian: Sales of Fairtrade-certified products from Uganda and ...
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Has a company fired its employees by deactivating their access badges?

A few years ago, at the beginning of the financial crisis, there was this rumor that traveled from mouth to mouth about some company that did some layoffs. The story says the company's management ...
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Is it more expensive to employ a smoker than a non-smoker?

DN.se Det kostar nära 6.000 dollar (knappt 40.000 kronor) mer per år att ha en rökare anställd än någon som inte röker, visar en studie i USA. Skälet är rökares större sjukfrånvaro, dyrare ...
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Is Walmart the largest company in history?

I have seen a post going around on Facebook containing a list of "facts" about Walmart. Two of them seem like very large claims: Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private ...
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Do high-school-leaving exams decide your future?

Tomorrow my daughter will take her Gaokao exams. This is China's national end of high school exam for university entrance - something akin to Americas SAT or GRE exams. It is commonly said that such ...
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Do taller people earn more money?

There are several articles that state that tall people make more money. According to wikipedia it is a known fact that some jobs require tall people, however I'm skeptical that on average this is ...
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Does Apple support half a million American jobs?

Apple recently posted the results of an external analysis that suggested their business was responsible for supporting more than 500,000 jobs in the USA (though they only directly employ of the order ...
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Is networking the most effective way to get employment?

The old adage is “it's not what you know, but who you know”, being a short statement of the premise that ability is less important than knowing the right person. At one end of the spectrum is ...
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Has the internet caused significant job losses since 2008?

"Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw ...
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Do age and gender discrimination compound in the workplace to reduce the odds of an older women being hired?

Forbes claims that gender and age discrimination compound more for women as they age, to the point where it can be difficult for older women to get jobs. The gender gap is pretty well-known, but I ...
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How is structural unemployment measured?

In light of today's Presidential Speech on jobs, I was reminded of something that I read in Bloomberg Businessweek. With the jobless rate still above 9 percent, the untapped labor pool is deep. Yet ...
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Are certain days “better” than others to terminate employees?

As we all learned from Office Space, "studies have statistically shown that there's less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week." I have also heard that Mondays are better, because ...
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Is asking about U.S. citizenship an illegal interview question?

From About.com, Are you a U.S. citizen? Every interview I have had has asked this. Even pre-interview screening includes this question. Is it really illegal for them to ask this? Note: Not ...
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Do small businesses create the majority of the jobs in America?

Do small businesses create the majority of the jobs in the United States? I guess it would depend on one's definition of small business, but stipulating that the definition is the one used by ...